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ShadySue

« Reply #125 on: February 03, 2010, 18:56 »
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Are my istock images at risk of being sold at ThinkStock?
You'll need to check for yourself. I found an image of mine, which I deactivated last October, on there. Support are onto it, but I guess they have a huge mound of these issues to wade through.


« Reply #126 on: February 03, 2010, 19:17 »
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Hi Sharpshooter,

 Many companies tank their sales value when they want to become a privately owned company. It allows them to buy out at a low price then spend the next few years raising that underpriced stock so they can sell for a profit. Happens quite a lot to companies that want their stock holders gone. Not saying they did this but it is a very common practice.

Best,
Jonathan
That might happen with a management buyout but I really don't think that's what happened to Getty.  The share price had been falling for a long time and was down 50%.  They were struggling before being taken over by a private equity fund.

LSD72

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« Reply #127 on: February 03, 2010, 22:40 »
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« Reply #128 on: February 04, 2010, 01:50 »
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Opted out at IStock.
Deleting port at STX and asking for final payout.
0.25 cent from Getty is too low.
I like DT, I like SS, no need to help jeopardize their sales. 
Staying away from this one.

Thank you LSD for the link. Interesting read.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 01:54 by Eireann »

« Reply #129 on: February 04, 2010, 02:04 »
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The site is new but it has blood on it's hands! StockXpert and the old Thinkstock have been bumped off.



I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.

I didn't realize the name had been around already.  Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.

The thinkstock domain was originally registered in 2004 and yes I believe it is  one of Jupiter's old properties. As I stated in another thread, Jupiter had an extensive "in place" web architecture which when taken as a whole, could very well have exceeded the value of the image files held. One factor being ownership of the highly desirable Photos.com.

And the migration thing gets crazier. A handful of my old StockXpert files are on TS at present, they are all Valentine vectors. But some keywords appear that I never put in like wedding, honeymoo, and celery. o figure that one. This will be interesting. And I was opted out of everything at StockXpert.

« Reply #130 on: February 04, 2010, 02:13 »
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Opted out at IStock.
Deleting port at STX and asking for final payout.
0.25 cent from Getty is too low.
I like DT, I like SS, no need to help jeopardize their sales.  
Staying away from this one.

Thank you LSD for the link. Interesting read.

Have you asked for the payout through Stockexpert Support Service or simply by mail?

*By the way, where can you opt in or out at istock???
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 02:17 by tamasvargyasi »

RacePhoto

« Reply #131 on: February 04, 2010, 02:34 »
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*By the way, where can you opt in or out at istock???

For Partner Program - login to your account, look up across the top when you are in "My Uploads" or click the brief case icon up on top, right to get there. 4th one says, Partner Program. When you go there, it shows every image with a box on the right, you can allow them or disallow, select image by image by checking or unchecking the box.

The other for Extended Licenses is under, Member Profile, which allows you to Opt In or Opt Out for extended licenses.

These are choices that you made when you initially uploaded photos, but can it be changed later.

As far as I know, the default is for both of these choices to be unmarked, so people essentially had to Opt in or allow files for either one. IS didn't just mark them for us.

« Reply #132 on: February 04, 2010, 02:52 »
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Thank you RacePhoto!

ShadySue

« Reply #133 on: February 04, 2010, 03:09 »
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*By the way, where can you opt in or out at istock???
As far as I know, the default is for both of these choices to be unmarked, so people essentially had to Opt in or allow files for either one. IS didn't just mark them for us.
Yes indeed; but it took quite a fight on the huge thread last summer: originally people were going to be opted in by default.
Some people have, however, found their images in Thinkstock even though opted out, so it's always worth checking and if there's a mistake, contact CR.

« Reply #134 on: February 04, 2010, 04:07 »
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For Partner Program - login to your account, look up across the top when you are in "My Uploads" or click the brief case icon up on top, right to get there. 4th one says, Partner Program. When you go there, it shows every image with a box on the right, you can allow them or disallow, select image by image by checking or unchecking the box.

The other for Extended Licenses is under, Member Profile, which allows you to Opt In or Opt Out for extended licenses.

Are you confusing Extended Licenses and the Partner Program? There is a Partner Program Opt In/Out choice in the Control Panel.

The Extended License program is within the iStock site for customers who want to purchase commercial licenses, multi-seat license etc. I would reconsider if you really want to opt out of those because they a rare but make a lot of money.

« Reply #135 on: February 04, 2010, 04:39 »
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For Partner Program - login to your account, look up across the top when you are in "My Uploads" or click the brief case icon up on top, right to get there. 4th one says, Partner Program. When you go there, it shows every image with a box on the right, you can allow them or disallow, select image by image by checking or unchecking the box.

The other for Extended Licenses is under, Member Profile, which allows you to Opt In or Opt Out for extended licenses.

Are you confusing Extended Licenses and the Partner Program? There is a Partner Program Opt In/Out choice in the Control Panel.

The Extended License program is within the iStock site for customers who want to purchase commercial licenses, multi-seat license etc. I would reconsider if you really want to opt out of those because they a rare but make a lot of money.

You are right MichaelJay, thank you for the info.

RacePhoto

« Reply #136 on: February 04, 2010, 05:18 »
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OK There are FOUR places where you can make these changes, and yes, I clearly did say EL opt in or out, along with the Partner, they are different.

Here's the control panel view, where you can only do ALL. Including prints, on or off. Plus in the edit section of each file you can set each of these to on or off, so it doesn't have to be all or none.



Then there's the partner program view, where you can select individual files, instead of ALL or None.



And finally the Profile section where you can select Extended Licenses in or out.




As you can see, in the Control Panel, the Partners are listed as Opt in Opt out, but in the Profile the EL is listed as Opt in Opt out.

I never said anyone should ever opt out of ELs. I'd like to have more! :D
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 05:37 by RacePhoto »

donding

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« Reply #137 on: February 04, 2010, 10:57 »
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Question...are the subscription and partner programs one in the same? I assumed everything went automatically to subscription unless you specified that it didn't. I see this is all or nothing so how do you know for sure you are opted in or out? If thinkstockphotos his considered one of their partner sites then that may explain why I can't find myself on there because I never checked the boxs for that, but I have had a couple of sub sales showing up on my control page so I'm completely lost here... ::)

lisafx

« Reply #138 on: February 04, 2010, 13:30 »
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Question...are the subscription and partner programs one in the same? I assumed everything went automatically to subscription unless you specified that it didn't. I see this is all or nothing so how do you know for sure you are opted in or out? If thinkstockphotos his considered one of their partner sites then that may explain why I can't find myself on there because I never checked the boxs for that, but I have had a couple of sub sales showing up on my control page so I'm completely lost here... ::)

Istock also has its own, on-site subscription plan, which pays according to the size purchased and some other complex criteria.  There aren't a lot of sales through Istock's subs, but they pay comparably to Istock's credit sales, so it's worth being opted in to those IMO.  The partner program is for the offsite (cheap!) sub plans.  

Also, the default for the partner program is opted out.  If you want to opt in, you have to opt in to the partner program and then go through your files and opt in each one individually.

donding

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« Reply #139 on: February 04, 2010, 13:40 »
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Question...are the subscription and partner programs one in the same? I assumed everything went automatically to subscription unless you specified that it didn't. I see this is all or nothing so how do you know for sure you are opted in or out? If thinkstockphotos his considered one of their partner sites then that may explain why I can't find myself on there because I never checked the boxs for that, but I have had a couple of sub sales showing up on my control page so I'm completely lost here... ::)

Istock also has its own, on-site subscription plan, which pays according to the size purchased and some other complex criteria.  There aren't a lot of sales through Istock's subs, but they pay comparably to Istock's credit sales, so it's worth being opted in to those IMO.  The partner program is for the offsite (cheap!) sub plans.  

Also, the default for the partner program is opted out.  If you want to opt in, you have to opt in to the partner program and then go through your files and opt in each one individually.
Thank you Lisa for explaining that. Deciding to join the partner site sound like a pain in the a** It would take me a long time to check all those boxes..or course not as long as some but it would take awhile,,,don't know if I want to bother.

donding

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« Reply #140 on: February 04, 2010, 13:47 »
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Maybe I'll just opt in the ones that are older and are stuck in that file folder clear at the bottom of the stack which has never had a sale...heh if I sale them on MostStockPhotos its money on a non performing photo, otherwise it will just continue to sit there doing nothing

« Reply #141 on: February 04, 2010, 13:56 »
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There's a button you can opt them all in, better yet, a button to opt them all out.


lisafx

« Reply #142 on: February 04, 2010, 14:02 »
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Thank you Lisa for explaining that. Deciding to join the partner site sound like a pain in the a** It would take me a long time to check all those boxes..or course not as long as some but it would take awhile,,,don't know if I want to bother.

I'm with you, Donna.  Don't know why they made it so difficult.  Who wants to go to all that trouble for .25 a sale? 

ShadySue

« Reply #143 on: February 04, 2010, 14:11 »
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Also, the default for the partner program is opted out.  If you want to opt in, you have to opt in to the partner program and then go through your files and opt in each one individually.

If someone wanted to opt in all their pics, they could go into their control panel -> Contributer -> tick the box at Partner Program to opt into the scheme, then if you want to opt all eligible files in, you click 'add all'. If you want to remove all, you can do that too.

donding

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« Reply #144 on: February 04, 2010, 14:39 »
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I found that but when you click on "read this first" button it says this

"Partner Program
You have the option to make any of your files available at certain Getty Images partner sites. Checking the Partner Program box will activate a column of 'Add to Partners' check boxes beside each of your files on the 'My Uploads' page. You can then decide which files to opt in or out

If you ever change your mind, you can remove any content currently available at other sites through the Partner Program by simply unchecking the box. Files will be removed within 10 days.

I think that means even though you opted in to the partner sites you have to still have to pick the files one by one. It doesn't auotmatically check these boxes

lisafx

« Reply #145 on: February 04, 2010, 15:10 »
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Also, the default for the partner program is opted out.  If you want to opt in, you have to opt in to the partner program and then go through your files and opt in each one individually.

If someone wanted to opt in all their pics, they could go into their control panel -> Contributer -> tick the box at Partner Program to opt into the scheme, then if you want to opt all eligible files in, you click 'add all'. If you want to remove all, you can do that too.

THanks Sue!  I didn't know that was possible.  Not that I will be doing it anyway.  I still think .25 from Getty is chintzy. 

donding

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« Reply #146 on: February 04, 2010, 15:28 »
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Thanks Sue...I figured it out. I opted in then went back and unchecked the ones I don't want on the Partner site. The ones I opted in on are the ones that never sell and have only sold a limited amount and that was when they were at the top of the barrel and not at the bottom. So maybe I'll get some sales on those forgotten antique photos sitting in their recycling bin or maybe I won't, but I feel 25 cents is better than 0 cents on these none performing photos. ;D I haven't made it up above the 25 cent level at Shutterstock yet...but getting close...so it really isn't that much different.

ShadySue

« Reply #147 on: February 04, 2010, 16:01 »
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Thanks Sue...I figured it out. I opted in then went back and unchecked the ones I don't want on the Partner site. The ones I opted in on are the ones that never sell and have only sold a limited amount and that was when they were at the top of the barrel and not at the bottom. So maybe I'll get some sales on those forgotten antique photos sitting in their recycling bin or maybe I won't, but I feel 25 cents is better than 0 cents on these none performing photos. ;D I haven't made it up above the 25 cent level at Shutterstock yet...but getting close...so it really isn't that much different.
That's also my strategy for the moment. I suspect there may be some s**t hitting the fan before too long.

RacePhoto

« Reply #148 on: February 04, 2010, 22:38 »
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Also, the default for the partner program is opted out.  If you want to opt in, you have to opt in to the partner program and then go through your files and opt in each one individually.

If someone wanted to opt in all their pics, they could go into their control panel -> Contributer -> tick the box at Partner Program to opt into the scheme, then if you want to opt all eligible files in, you click 'add all'. If you want to remove all, you can do that too.

Yeah, every time I try to make it easier to understand it seems to go further down the road. :D

You can hit ALL (or none) in the Control Panel, OR you can select only some images if you are in the Partner Program link. You can hit none and then select a few, or hit all and select some that you don't want. There's complete control over each image or all images. That's what I was trying to get to. For people who don't want to participate it's pretty easy, just hit none and you're done.

I don't know why anyone would want to opt out of ELs but the same is true. You can select none or all in the Profile section, OR you can go to each image and edit with the box that includes it or excludes that individual photo.

Complete freedom to be in or out for anything. I probably shouldn't add to the confusion, but this works for Allow Prints as well.

« Reply #149 on: February 05, 2010, 00:06 »
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Istock are actively pushing buyers away from their main site towards thinkstock. I couldn't believe it when I happened upon the latest istock contact sheet.


http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=731


 

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